Labor Movement

American Federation Of Teachers


Secret campaign aims to cripple unions

  • Anti-union forces are launching a nationwide campaign urging public sector workers to opt out of union membership and stop paying dues, according to documents obtained by The Guardian. The campaign, designed to defund and defang unions, is led by the State Policy Network, a group of right-wing think tanks funded by the Koch brothers and the Walton Family Foundation. It’s designed to cost unions millions of dollars and, as The Guardian describes it, “undermine a cornerstone of U.S. progressive politics.” Documents include this gem: “Well run opt-out campaigns can cause public-sector unions to experience 5 to 20 percent declines in membership.”
  • Fight this anti-union campaign on Twitter and on Facebook.  

North Carolina teachers march for students, rally for respect

  • Some 15,000 teachers are expected to rally today in Raleigh, N.C., in another educator uprising aimed at improving public schools. So many will leave their schools for the action that the state’s five largest districts have canceled classes. The teachers are demanding better pay and working conditions, and more funding for public schools struggling with a shortage of teacher assistants and counselors, outdated textbooks and old technology. Many hope to shift the Legislature by electing more pro-public education candidates.    
  • Support the North Carolina teachers on Twitter and on Facebook.